Museum of Science and Industry

Inventive Genius Lecture: Empires of Light

May 11, 2013

Event Essentials

  • Date:
  • May 11, 2013
  • Time:
  • 1:00 PM
  • Location:
  • Lower Level, Little Theater
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  • Tickets:
  • This Inventive Genius Lecture is FREE for Household Premium and Annual Fund members, and available to other members at discounted member rates.
  • Cost:
  • $8 member adult
    $4 member child
    $10 member guests
    FREE for Household Premium and Donor Society members

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World

Author Jill Jonnes will treat members to a presentation on her book Empires of Light. Hear about the final decades of the 19th century, when three visionary titans of America's Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly, each vying to create a vast electrical empire. Jonnes will talk about this extraordinary trio and their universe of cutting-edge invention and intrigue. You’ll discover how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.


Tickets can be purchased at the Museum on the day of the event. Space is limited.

Member adult: $8
Member child: $4
Member guest: $10
FREE for Household Premium and Donor Society members

About the author

Jill Jonnes is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Eiffel’s Tower. Jonnes spent her childhood living in various foreign countries before enrolling at Barnard College. Afterwards she received her MS in Journalism from Columbia and her Ph.D. in American history from Johns Hopkins. Jonnes currently lives in Baltimore.

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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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